New Orleans Mississippi River Cruise
May 3 – 13, 2019
Join the PSC for a New Orleans round-trip cruise on the Mississippi River.
Eight-day/seven-night New Orleans cruise, PLUS one night pre-cruise in New Orleans during the final days of the 2019 Jazz and Heritage Festival and two additional nights post-cruise in the French Quarter at the historic Hotel Monteleone!
The cruise includes regionally inspired cuisine, onboard experts and entertainment, visits to historic landmarks and unique shore excursions, and ideal viewing locations aboard the modern paddlewheeler, America, which was launched in 2016. America embodies a casual ambiance and relaxed atmosphere while providing panoramic views of the passing scenery with only 185 guests. Round-trip airfare from Washington (most likely DCA) will be finalized in a few months. All cabins will have private balconies, including a limited number of single rooms. Four categories of cabins are offered based on availability at time of booking (AAR, AAL, AAC, and AAM). Bedding configurations on the cruise are either a King or two Twins.
Following the cruise, we have an opportunity to spend 2 days exploring New Orleans, while staying at the Hotel Monteleone, which is home to the world famous Carousel Bar and is steps away from the wonderful sights, bars, and restaurants of the French Quarter.
ESTIMATE of Trip Pricing (based on cabin selection), including air from Washington, cruise and meals and entertainment, transfers, and 1 night pre-cruise and 2 nights post-cruise in New Orleans.
Cabin on the 2ndDeck (AAR) $5,500 pp – double occupancy
Cabin on the 3rdDeck (AAL) $5,875 pp – double occupancy
Cabin on the 4thDeck (AAC) $6,100 pp – double occupancy
Cabin on the 5thDeck (AAM) $6,475 pp – double occupancy
Single Balcony Cabin $6,900 pp – single occupancy
A Deposit of $600 per person is required to reserve your cabin.
Because the various cabins sell out early, we plan to book the initial group of cabins by the end of May and will request additional cabins for subsequent reservations. If you are interested in the trip, make your reservation and pay the deposit before the end of May. If you have any questions, contact the trip leader, Steve Thompson (703-862-6535 cell or firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more detailed information on the cruise, see the additional information below and check out the American Cruise Lines website at American Cruise Lines
For more detailed information on Hotel Montelone in New Orleans, check out the hotel’s website at Hotel Montelone
Detailed Cruise Itinerary
New Orleans, LA
Each Mississippi itinerary comes complete with a Complimentary Pre-Cruise Package, providing you with a seamless way to board the ship and explore the local area. Arrive the day before your scheduled cruise date and American Cruise Lines will handle the rest. The package includes a premium hotel stay, where you can enjoy the city at your leisure. On the morning of the cruise, meet in the hotel lobby after breakfast and we will transport you to the ship to begin your cruise. All luggage will be brought directly from the hotel and placed in your stateroom aboard the ship.
Day 1 - May 4, 2019
New Orleans, LA
Welcome to New Orleans, also known as the Big Easy. This vibrant city is the perfect destination to begin your Mississippi River voyage. Arrive the day before your cruise and American Cruise Lines will handle the rest. With thoughtfully planned excursions encompassing the biggest attractions and cultural highlights of New Orleans, as well as complimentary transportation to the ship, we make sure your tour is as worry-free as possible.
Day 2 - May 5, 2019
Oak Alley, LA
Once serving as an antebellum sugar cane homestead, Oak Alley Plantation is named after its most distinguishing feature, a row of 300-year-old oak trees. This leafy canopy forms a quarter-mile path leading to the Mississippi River. Restored to its 19th-century grandeur, this classic Greek Revival-style antebellum mansion is breathtaking.
Day 3 - May 6, 2019
Celebrating its 300th year, Natchez is a city full of history and Southern hospitality. American Cruise Lines will take you on a guided exploration of this fascinating area with visits to its gardens, historic homes, and museums. While here, we will treat you to a special concert in the music room of the J.N. Stone House.
Day 4 - May 7, 2019
The city of Vicksburg served as a pivotal turning point during the American Civil War. Come with us as our informative historian leads us through the National Military Park which commemorates the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg. Our local expert guides and park rangers show you the battlefields, the USS Cairo, and the most significant historic places throughout the city.
Day 5 - May 8, 2019
St. Francisville, LA
Established in 1809 and overlooking the Mississippi River, St. Francisville is a quaint southern town that offers a glimpse into history. One of the largest shipping ports on the Mississippi prior to the Civil War, St. Francisville is a small town with grand appeal. Experience this town’s rich history as you tour historic plantations, including the famous Rosedown and The Myrtles.
Day 6 - May 9, 2019
Baton Rouge, LA
Baton Rouge features all the history and wonder you would expect in a state capital, but with an added down home flavor that makes it truly unique. Our expert local guides will take you on a tour of the cities' most famous attractions including the Old & New State Capitals and the interactive Louisiana State Museum.
Day 7 - May 10, 2019
Houmas House, LA
Become acquainted with Houmas House, its history and the 38 acres of gardens, ponds, and majestic live oak trees. Enjoy the southern splendor of "The Sugar Palace," as you explore its16 rooms filled with period antiques and Louisiana artwork.
Air Schedule (Subject to Change): Will be arranged in the fall of 2018.
|Friday, May 3 -
| Depart Washington
|| Arrive New Orleans
| Monday, May 13 -
| Depart New Orleans
|| Arrive Washington
Membership Requirement: The trip will be "sanctioned" through the Blue Ridge Ski Council. Current members of other BRSC member ski clubs may register for the trip.
| Initial Deposit
||July 14, 2018
|| October 2, 2018
|| November 13, 2018
|| Balance Due
To confirm your registration, pay the deposit by credit card or mail your check to the trip leader, payable to the Pentagon Ski Club.